SDS bits for drilling in metal?

  1. Yamhon Member

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    Is it possible to get SDS bits, think my drill is SDS plus, that will drill into metal; I've had no luck finding them before.

    My only drill is SDS, and I can't afford to buy another at present. I've had a chuck adapter for a number of years, but it adds a little bit of a wobble to the drill and as I expect to be drilling some 3mm steel soon I might put too much strain on that if I have to use the adapter.

    Any suggestions? Thanks all.
     
  2. Kayos

    Kayos Member

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    I've never seen sds bits that are not masonry
     
  3. Yamhon Member

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    Me neither, was hoping one of you might of heard of something.
     
  4. mtt.tr

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    Sds chuck
     
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  5. grim_d

    grim_d Forum Supporter

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    A masonry bit will drill steel, not the most efficient but it will do it.
     
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  6. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    use a green stone on your grinder and sharpen the carbide drills to a proper cutting face instead of impact and they will cut wood steel and brick. I have done it 2 three diffent size drills
     
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  7. Yamhon Member

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    Oh I see; that could work then, I could easily pick up a couple of new masonry bits and worst case they go in the bin or will get used for other jobs.


    Not sure I dare do that tbh; only have an angle grinder, not a bench one and I have visions of losing fingers lol
     
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  9. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    Always handy to have.
    Mine is mostly used for long arguers and a paddle for mixing.

    Sds drills always wobble Chuck or no Chuck.
     
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  10. grim_d

    grim_d Forum Supporter

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    Also an sds chuck is a tenner from Screwfix, may be better than the one you have? How much wobble are we talking anyway?

    More than your average DeWalt battery gun?
     
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  11. Yamhon Member

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    Mostly the connection between the chuck and the SDS chuck seems to wobble some, and I'm concerned about breaking the drill, pushing it through steel. It's lasted for a good few years now, but normally only use the chuck adapter for wood.
     
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    It will wobble the point of the sds connection is not allows the bit to move for the hammer action. SDS_1.jpg
     
  14. grim_d

    grim_d Forum Supporter

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    I reckon your chuck will be just fine for drilling 3mm steel. When drilling by hand a bit of runout or chuck wobble is the least of your worries really.
     
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  15. Yamhon Member

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    Will give it a go first then, otherwise I'll try a masonry drill and failing that I'll probably bite the bullet and pickup another drill or borrow one if I can.
     
  16. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    an impact masonary drill wont drill metal
     
  17. Windy Miller Forum Supporter

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    It’ll be fine. JFDI!
     
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  18. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I use a chuck adaptor to hold standard drills in my SDS, it makes it a bit longer but it saves getting another tool out.
     
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    8ob Forum Supporter

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    An sds trijet will drill through steel, not a designated steel drill but will drill through reinforced concrete .

    Bob
     
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